MEDINA — The city soon will bear the fruit of a local group’s efforts.
Medina County commissioners on Tuesday granted Medina At-large Councilman Bill Lamb permission to plant eight fruit trees on county property at the corner of South Jefferson and East Liberty streets, across from the courthouse parking deck.
Lamb, who wasn’t speaking on the city’s behalf but as a member of the Medina Village Community Orchard Project, said volunteers would plant two apple, two plum, two cherry and two pear trees.
He also promised Commissioner Pat Geissman that his group would maintain the property.
“The appeal of that is they are allowing me to use it,” Lamb said.
“It’s a beautiful spot when you come into town. That’s a prime piece of property behind the parking deck.”
Lamb said he got the idea from someone at his church to plant community orchards. He said the trees will start to bear fruit in two or three years and he hopes to donate the bulk of the fruit to Feeding Medina County. However, if someone wanted to pick an apple, Lamb said that would be fine.
He said the trees eventually will grow to about 20 feet high.
Lamb previously said he formed the nonprofit project to organize the planting, cost, education and care of pocket orchards, which would complement bird- and bee-nurturing plants throughout Medina. It’s a variation on the idea of community orchards that began in England in the 1990s.
The group has about 10 members.
For more information, email Lamb at email@example.com.